The Committee of Ministers (CM) adopted the Neighbourhood Co-operation Priorities for Kazakhstan 2014-2015: co-operation activities on Council of Europe’s conventions in criminal matters (NCP) at its 1187bis meeting on 18 December 2013. In December 2015, the CM examined a progress report and decided to extend the document until the end of 2017 to allow moving forward with its implementation. At its 1301st meeting on 29 November 2017, the CM instructed the Secretariat to pursue implementation of the Neighbourhood Priorities for Kazakhstan, and extended the validity of the document until July 2018. The NCP has been developed in close co-operation with Kazakh authorities as a strategic co-operation framework in criminal matters in order to bring the country’s legislative and regulatory frameworks and practices closer to European standards.

The implementation of the NCP started in the second half of 2014 thanks to a Council of Europe/European Union joint programme (“Support to the Kazakh Authorities in Improving Quality and Efficiency of the Kazakh Justice System”). The programme ended in July 2018 and had the total budget of 2 million euros.

The first Neighbourhood Co-operation Priorities for Kazakhstan 2014-2015: co-operation activities on Council of Europe’s conventions in criminal matters (NCP) was implemented between 2014-2018. The follow-up NCP is being discussed with the Kazakh authorities.

Council of Europe intervention in Kazakhstan is demand-driven and despite the fact that the strategic co-operation document is limited to the field of criminal justice, Council of Europe’s intervention has also covered other areas like education to human rights and democratic citizenship (via a country-specific Council of Europe/European Union joint programme “Supporting Educational Policies in Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education in Kazakhstan”), constitutional justice, access to justice and electoral reform (via a regional Council of Europe/European Union joint programme “Supporting Constitutional Justice, Access to Justice and Electoral Reform in the Countries of Central Asia”).